Varied walk from Solva with Graham Morgan
In far from ideal walking conditions, 23 ramblers met at Solva Harbour CP on Saturday 20th January for a varied 9 mile walk along the coastal footpath, part of St. David’s airfield and quiet lanes, through woodland and across fields.
Led by Graham Morgan, the party started out along the quay noting the point at which the Queen disembarked in 1995 on her way to confer city status on St. Davids. They walked along the coast path towards Nine Wells until they turned right onto the footpath to Llanunwas and headed up to the main road. Crossing over and passing Llanungar Caravan Park, the airfield was quickly reached but instead of continuing northwards to Wauns Llechell & Sebon, the walkers encountered heavily waterlogged conditions underfoot so had to divert from the planned walk and headed up to the minor road to Caerfarchell.
Here, the walkers turned right in the direction of Trewellell and their lunch stop where they not only enjoyed some splendid views of the Upper Solva valley but also the antics of a greater-spotted woodpecker in the trees above their heads. This particular footpath, high above the river, was opened up by the Friends of the National Park in 2007 and it was encouraging, more than a decade later, to see the path still in good order and clearly well used.
Walking along quiet lanes, the hamlet of Middle Mill was the next port of call. Turning right and walking up through the wood, the party headed for Whitchurch and the final section of the walk along muddy fields where they encountered a herd of alpacas who looked at the ramblers with studied indifference. Very shortly, they reached the lovely footpath high above the village which offered some magnificent views of the estuary and beyond.
Thereafter, it was downhill all the way back to the car park and journey’s end. Much of the walk took place in sunny conditions apart from drizzle at the start and a quite heavy but short shower in the afternoon. What a bonus that was!!!!
Text and images by Graham Morgan. 1 image by Tony Weakes.